William V. Sliter Research Award

This award was established in 1998 in memory of William V. Sliter. The award supports graduate student research in Mesozoic and Cenozoic foraminifera. Research on geochemistry using microfossils only as geochemical indicators is not funded; however, geochemistry that relates to any aspect of living or fossil foraminifera is fundable and should be explained.

Current students with developed research projects in these areas are encouraged to apply for support. Applicants must be Cushman Foundation members at the time of application. To apply you will need to fill out the application form and provide a description of the proposed research, why it is important, a detailed budget with justification for the expenditures and a curriculum vitae. Budgets should provide sufficient detail that a complete understanding of the financial aspects of the proposed work is clear. A letter of support from the student's faculty advisor is also required. These should be sent to by email to cushmanfoundation@gmail.com. No award will be made for more than $3000. The Board of Directors reserves the right to make no awards or to make awards that differ from the requested budget.

Proposals must be submitted by 1 March. Decisions will be made by the Board of Directors by late April.

A letter reporting the progress of the awardee and use of the Foundation's funds is expected within two years after the award. The Board of Directors hopes that the awardees will submit their results to one of the Foundation's publications, and in any case, requests that acknowledgment of the award be included in any thesis, dissertation or publication that results from work supported by an award of the Foundation.

Proposals will be judged upon scientific merit and financial need. Proposals should consist of an application form, a short (1-3 pages) summary of the student's research, a curriculum vitae, a budget and a letter of support from the advisor. Previous awardees should include a short summary of research completed with the award. Decisions will be made by the Cushman Foundation Board of Directors by late April. Proposals should be submitted by 1 March and sent by email to cushmanfoundation@gmail.com.

Previous award winners include:


  • Serena Dameraon, “Elemental and Geochemical Analyses of Late Jurassic – Early Cretaceous Benthic Foraminifera: A Key to Understanding the Evolution of Mesozoic Deep-Sea Taxa.” University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA


  • Siyao Yu, “Maldives multi-species foraminifera hydrography reconstruction over the Pleistocene.” Rutgers University, USA.



  • Lorenzo Consorti, “Evolution of rotaloidean foraminifera after the Cenomanian-Turonian crisis: biostratigraphical implications.” Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.
  • Caitlin Livsey, “The influence of temperature and salinity on ontogenetic and crust calcite Mg/Ca and δ18O in living Neogloboquadrina pachyderma (sinistral).” University of California at Davis, USA.
  • Hannah Palmer, “Fossils of tomorrow: recent assemblages of foraminifera as indicators of the Anthropocene.” University of California at Davis, USA.
  • Christopher Smith, “Foraminiferal response to heavy metals: An examination of potential bioindicators and incorporation using the propagule method.” University of Georgia, USA. 


  • Serena Dameron, "Surface ocean acidification prior to the K/Pg boundary, a volcanic-induced event." University of Mass. Amherst, USA.
  • Matthew DeCesare, "Establishing the timing and cause of West Antarctic Ice Sheet retreat in the Eastern Ross Sea using in situ foraminifera" Louisiana State University, USA.
  • Adriane Lam, "Late Neogene history of the Kuroshio System and plankton evolutionary implications." University of Mass. Amherst, USA. 


  • Janet Burke, "Establishing a relationship between foraminiferal community morphology and environmental conditions," Yale University, USA.
  • Marissa Davies, "Foraminiferal biostratigraphy and paleoenvironmental conditions of the Late Cretaceous Kanguk Formation, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada," Carleton University, Ontario, Canada.


  • Raquel Robles-Salcedo, "New methodology for the determination of the shell-architecture in Siderolitidae (Upper Cretaceous larger foraminifera): the 3D techniques and their applications," Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. 
  • Alex Quesnel, "Cretaceous polar environments: bio- and chemostratigraphic correlations between the Polar and northern Western Interior seas," Carleton University, Ontario, Canada. 
  • Russell Bicknell, "Evolutionary pattern and process in the late Neogene planktonic foraminiferal group Globorotalia (Truncorotalia)," Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.


  • Roselis Salazar Ramirez, “Lower Toarcian foraminiferal biostratigraphy from San Andrés section (Basque-Cantabrian basin, Spain),” University Complutense of Madrid, Spain. 
  • Danielle Dionne, “Foraminiferal response to palaeoenvironmental change within the Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway of Canada with special emphasis on catastrophic events,” Carleton University, Canada


Christina Belanger, Ph.D. student, University of Chicago, USA - "Benthic Foraminiferal and Molluscan Community Responses to the Miocene Climate Optimum (Early Miocene Astoria Formation, Oregon)"

Briony Mamo, Ph.D. student, Macquarie University, Australia - "Biodiversity, ecology and distribution of benthic foraminiferal assemblages from the southern Great Barrier Reef"


Emily Browning, Ph.D. student, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Department of Geosciences, USA - "Testing the possible linkages between the Miocene Reticulofenestra event (MRE), the biogenic bloom, tropical gateways, and sea level"

Claudia G. Cetean, Ph.D. student, Babes-Bolyai University, Department of Geology, Romania - "Mass Extinction in the Deep Sea: the Cenomanian - Turonian transition in the Romanian Carpathians"

Kendra R. Clark, M.S. student, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Department of Geosciences, USA - "Late Campanian-Maastrichtian planktic foraminiferal biostratigraphy, taxonomy, and isotope paleoecology of ODP sites 1209 and 1210, Leg 198"


Štefan Józsa, PhD student, Dept. of Geology and Paleontology, Commenius University, Slovak Republic - "Planktonic foraminifera of the Aptian black shales of Koňhora formation from Pieniny Klippen Belt, Western Carpathians"

David Mans, MSc student, Geology, Carleton University, Canada - "Foraminiferal Assemblages of the Hasler and Cruiser Formations in Western Canada: Albian to Cenomanian Paleoenvironmental Changes in the Western Interior Sea"


Katherine Johnson, PhD student, Department of Geological Sciences, Ohio State University, USA - "Origins, evolution and linkages between Antarctic (Kerguelen/Prydz Bay) and SW Pacific-Southern Ocean benthic foraminiferal faunas: micropaleontological responses to cryospheric paleoclimate perturbations and deep sea paleoceanographic circulation during the latest Cenozoic (<6.5 mya)"

Maria Liljeroth, Msc student, Geological Museum, University of Copenhagen, Denmark - Biostratigraphy and Paleoecology of the Early Eocene Røsnæs Clay Formation, Denmark

Lóránd Silye, PhD student, Dept. of Geology, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania -"Sarmatian Foraminifera of Southern Transylvanian Basin (Romania): Taxonomy, Biostratigraphy, and Paleoecology"


Ruth Martin - An Investigation of Foraminifera from Cenozoic Cold Hydrocarbon Seeps


Laura Foster - " The 14C Age and Calibration of Last Glacial Interstadial Sediments from NE Atlantic: Novel Approaches Using Planktonic Foraminifera"


Emre Unal - "Survival of the Late Perminan Foraminifera from the P-Tr Crisis: Evidence from the Tauride Carbonates, Hadim, Southern Turkey"